Porth Dafarch to South StackTrearddur Bay, Anglesey

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From the car park area head down the road to the beach and on the far side a foot path sign indicates the start of the walk. A good path takes you along the top of the cliffs that form the right hand side (looking out to sea) of the cove. Follow this path which leads to a wall which is crossed by stone steps.

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Over the wall follow the worn path out to the headland. Continue to follow the path along the top of the cliffs.

Viewpoint
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The path continues along the cliff top, passing some impressive inlets before heading inland through high gorse and brambles - the path is clear though! You will soon reach a small wooden bridge across a stream. The path then heads back out onto the open cliff top heath.

 

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Go through the kissing gate and follow the path along the cliff top again. Here the path becomes a little bit less defined but as long as you keep the cliffs on the left close by you can’t go far wrong

 

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Another kissing gate marks the entrance to the area known as ‘The Range’. The path again follows the cliff top. There are a few paths that lead off to explore the cliff edges and rugged inlets - some of the top sections can be steep and loose. One of the inlets has an impressive rock arch. There is also a small bay with steps leading down to a tiny beach.

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The route follows the cliff top around and you will soon be facing toward South Stack and should be able to see the lighthouse - if it's foggy you should hear the fog horn. The path splits and can either be followed closely to the cliff top or follow the Anglesey Coastal Path markers, all routes lead to the same spot.

*A route can be followed back to the start here via the RSPB car park. Look for a wide path leading to a row of houses. At the houses follow the path back to the cliff top and retrace your earlier path back

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To carry on to South Stack follow the path parallel with the cliff top. The path now enters enclosed farmland so important you stick to it. The path goes through a series of small fields before bearing right away from the cliff top towards the road - the large lump of rock in front of you in the distance is Holyhead Mountain. At the road cross over and follow the sign posted path between the fences.

 

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The path will lead you a road junction. Take the steps down to the road and crossover and follow the road up to South Stack Lighthouse. This is a short section where there is no path so you need to walk on the road. After about 500m you will reach a small carpark where it is possible to get off the road and take a path along the cliff top. The cliffs here are much higher than on the range, however, the path is wide and well away from the edge.

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The white building you will come to is Ellin’s Tower and up the hill from there is the RSPB cafe and the halfway point of the route.

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To get back to Porth Dafarch retrace your steps back to the Range and follow the outward route.

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This is a there and back walk that follows the rugged Anglesey coast from Porth Dafarch beach to South Stack. The heathland, cliff top path crosses an RSPB reserve and finishes with incredible views to South Stack lighthouse. The RSPB cafe provides an ideal halfway point refreshment stop. Most of the route follows the Anglesey Coast Path long distance footpath.

Route Summary: The route uses easy to follow paths over fairly easy terrain - mostly grass. There are some small climbs but the route is fairly flat. Be prepared for some wet ground and occasional bit of mud if it has been raining recently. Porth Dafarch is a small cove with a sandy beach and popular with watersports enthusiasts, it’s ideal for a paddle or swim. South Stack has an RSPB visitor centre and excellent cafe, there are also some webcams on display showing the local bird and animal life. There may be grazing livestock along the way plus the obvious steep cliffs so it is strongly recommended that dogs be kept on a lead.

1. Start of your journey: From the car park area head down the road to the beach and on the far side a footpath sign indicates the start of the walk. A good path takes you along the top of the cliffs that form the right-hand side (looking out to sea) of the cove. Follow this path which leads to a wall which is crossed by stone steps.


2.  Over the wall follow the worn path out to the headland. Continue to follow the path along the top of the cliffs.


3. The path continues along the cliff top, passing some impressive inlets before heading inland through high gorse and brambles - the path is clear though! You will soon reach a small wooden bridge across a stream. The path then heads back out onto the open cliff top heath.


4. Go through the kissing gate and follow the path along the cliff top again. Here the path becomes a little bit less defined but as long as you keep the cliffs on the left close by you can’t go far wrong.


5. Another kissing gate marks the entrance to the area known as ‘The Range’. The path again follows the cliff top. There are a few paths that lead off to explore the cliff edges and rugged inlets - some of the top sections can be steep and loose. One of the inlets has an impressive rock arch. There is also a small bay with steps leading down to a tiny beach.


6. The route follows the cliff top around and you will soon be facing toward South Stack and should be able to see the lighthouse - if it's foggy you should hear the fog horn. The path splits and can either be followed closely to the cliff top or follow the Anglesey Coastal Path markers, all routes lead to the same spot.

*A route can be followed back to the start here via the RSPB car park. Look for a wide path leading to a row of houses. At the houses follow the path back to the cliff top and retrace your earlier path back

7. To carry on to South Stack follow the path parallel with the cliff top. The path now enters enclosed farmland so important you stick to it. The path goes through a series of small fields before bearing right away from the cliff top towards the road - the large lump of rock in front of you in the distance is Holyhead Mountain. At the road cross over and follow the signposted path between the fences.

8. The path will lead you a road junction. Take the steps down to the road and crossover and follow the road up to South Stack Lighthouse. This is a short section where there is no path so you need to walk down the road. After about 500m you will reach a small car park where it is possible to get off the road and take a path along the cliff top. The cliffs here are much higher than on the range, however, the path is wide and well away from the edge.

9. The white building you will come to is Ellin’s Tower and up the hill from there is the RSPB cafe and the halfway point of the route.


10. End of the journey: To get back to Porth Dafarch retrace your steps back to the Range and follow the outward route.

SOUTH STACK Anglesey

 

Below you'll find all the information you'll need to help you along with this walk; where to park, whether or not there are loos and if it's dog friendly.

Parking & access
  • Porth Dafarch  LL65 2LS

Loos
  • There are loos at the start and midway points.

Dogs
  • Dog-friendly, but mind the steep cliffs and grazing livestock.
Places to eat
  • En route you can eat at the RSPB cafe at South Stack. Or nearby there are plenty of places to eat in Trearddur Bay such as the Sea Shanty, and the Seacroft.
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